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Greg Mitchell

EnableHR Feature of the Month: Contractor Management

We've had some great success lately helping our clients to better manage their HR and WHS responsibilities by supporting the implementation of EnableHR, a web-based system already in use by over 8,000 Australian organisations.Each month we highlight a specific feature of EnableHR. This month, we take a look at Contractor Management. Click the image...
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Greg Mitchell

“WHERE ARE THEY?”: Addressing Staff Absenteeism

It's 8.00am or so, you're alone in the office pondering the mountain of paperwork. The phone rings. It's Jill…"..bit of a cough, won't be in today". A couple more minutes tick by…ring, ring….."It's Bob, kids are sick and I need to take them to the doctor…can't make it in." Familiar story?.... Unscheduled staff absenteeism can be a sizeable problem ...
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Greg Mitchell

Managing Risk - The Evidence

We are sometimes asked about "the evidence" to support our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People(c) Model (fair enough too!), so if you need some more information on why we recommend you manage risk within your business then check out our latest infographic. Click on the image to view.

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Margot Gallagher

Record $660,000 Fine for Wages Underpayment

A Melbourne fruit market was recently fined a record $660,000 by the Fair Work Commission for underpaying a newly-arrived refugee worker. The penalty comprised a $16,020 personal fine against the former owner-operator of the fruit market, and $644,000 against the company. The worker was paid as little as $3.50 an hour, as opposed to the Award oblig...
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Margot Gallagher

Why do the good employees leave? Engaging and keeping the “keepers”

Have you ever wondered why it's the good people in your organisation who move on – yet the "dead wood" effectively quit and stay?Recognising and rewarding talent in your organisation – and engaging those people so that they want to help you succeed in business – is a critical competitive advantage that you possess and should harness. Step 1 is, of ...
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Greg Mitchell

INFOGRAPHIC - Managing the Risk of Employee Terminations

We've had some good feedback on our recent blog article which helps businesses manage the risks associated with staff terminations (refer here). In response, we've gone a step further and produced an infographic which provides a useful summary of key information – click on the image below for access.
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Greg Mitchell

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE…..CAUTIOUS!

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE…..CAUTIOUS! "'Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when all through the workplace, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" …. that's not entirely correct. One creature that does traditionally stir at this time of year in many workplaces is the HR Manager, who plays the role of Scrooge as he or she proceeds to advise their...
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Margot Gallagher

Poor Workplace Behaviour – Don’t end up in the news for all the wrong reasons…

There has in recent weeks been a huge amount reported and written about allegations of harassment (sexual and otherwise), bullying and intimidation against employees – often, but not always, women – by people in more senior positions. Whilst the focus of these allegations, both here in Australia and overseas, has been on the entertainment industry,...
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Greg Mitchell

INFOGRAPHIC - Employee or Contractor?

​We frequently find ourselves helping business owners or managers distinguish between employees and contractors. While it might seem a matter of little consequence, there's much more than semantics at play. It's important to clearly understand the difference as the result goes a long way to determining the applicability of legislation and the right...
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Greg Mitchell

HR Compliance 101: What You Need To Know If You Are Engaging Others In Your Business

One of the key challenges for small business owners engaging others in the business is to understand and comply with legislative requirements. Here's the essential "HR stuff" you need to know:National Employment Standards:The National Employment Standards (NES) prescribe minimum terms and conditions of employment for those covered by the Fair Work ...
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Greg Mitchell

6 Ways to P*ss Off Your Staff - Guaranteed!

One of my coaching clients mentioned to me the other day that he was working on some "anti-goals". Rather than focusing on what he wants to achieve in his personal and professional life, he's finding it more helpful to make a list of what he doesn't want (eg. "a job where I have no time for family", "a job with pay that doesn't give me enough incom...
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Greg Mitchell

"She's great at her job, but..."

On at least three separate occasions over the last couple of weeks I've had clients make comments to me along those lines, and it's frankly getting annoying.Please don't tell me "She's great at her job [Finance Manager by the way], but terrible at managing people".Please don't tell me "He's great at his job [Business Development Manager], but is in...
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Greg Mitchell

Are You Aware of Pre-Employment Obligations?

We've been providing our clients with a fair bit of recruitment support lately, so an article by John Wilson and Kieran Pender of Bradley Allen Love in the current edition of HRM (the official magazine of the Australian Human Resources Institute – yes, exciting stuff!), caught my attention.The authors make the valid point that, while most employers...
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Margot Gallagher

Writing a (legal!) job advertisement

Optus featured in the news for all the wrong reasons last week, after placing a job advertisement seeking "Anglo Saxon" employees for its' Neutral Bay store (refer here for one of the news articles, this one from the ABC).As you might have expected, there was a public outcry and subsequently significant damage to the company, which is now in the po...
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Greg Mitchell

What do I need to do - Terminating during Probationary Period

Unless the terminated employee has completed more than 6 or 12 months service with the employer at the time of termination (12 months in the case of a small business with fewer than 15 employees, otherwise 6 months – this is referred to as the "qualifying period"), the employee will generally not be eligible to lodge a claim for unfair dismissal. I...
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Margot Gallagher

Are your Casuals really Casuals?

On 16 August 2018 the Full Federal Court delivered a judgment which will likely have wide-ranging implications for the employment of casual employees across Australia.The primary consequences arising from the decision at this stage appear to be that:Regardless of the provisions or an award or enterprise agreement (EA), if an employee has a regular ...
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Greg Mitchell

Right to Request Flexible Work Arrangements

We recently received a question from an employer who needed to respond to an employee requesting flexible work arrangements (to change from full time to part time and also do some work from home).Q: Can anyone request flexible work arrangements and can I say no?First of all, let's be clear about what we mean by flexible working arrangements. A requ...
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Greg Mitchell

What I’ve Learnt About HR in Smaller Businesses

 I was recently invited to present to the Australian Human Resources Institute's networking group in the Central West region of NSW on the topic of "HR for Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs)".In addition to sharing our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People© Model as a means to assess and prioritise value adding people-management...
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Greg Mitchell

HR Q&A: How Do I Know Which Award Applies? Determining Award Coverage and Classifications

​Without question, the Fair Work Act and other legislation impacting the employment relationship can be difficult to navigate, particularly for smaller businesses and organisations with little internal professional HR support. And with fines for individual breaches of the Fair Work Act potentially exceeding $60,000, it's little wonder that we end u...
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Greg Mitchell

HR Q&A: How Do I Find the Correct Rates of Pay?

Without question, the Fair Work Act and other legislation impacting the employment relationship can be difficult to navigate, particularly for smaller businesses and organisations with little internal professional HR support. And with fines for individual breaches of the Fair Work Act potentially exceeding $60,000, it's little wonder that we end up...
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